Celebrating a decade of racing partnership that produced not only the most enduring team association, but also the most successful, in off-road racing history, the Trek Volkswagen team is proud to announce its 2006 team lineup.
Building on our celebrated tradition of fostering new talent and American champions, we are happy to welcome recently crowned NORBA U-23 national champ Lea Davison to the squad. The 22 year old rider recently graduated from Middlebury College in Vermont and she is looking forward to her first season as a full-time professional racer.
“I am absolutely ecstatic about joining the Trek VW squad for the 2006 season,” said Lea. “The Trek VW team offers the best support on the circuit and does everything possible to help a rider perform at the best of their ability. The team is extremely talented and experienced. Under the tutelage of Sue Haywood, one of the best female mountain bikers in the country, I'm looking forward to learning a thing or two from her about how to race a bike! With great equipment and excellent support staff, it's going to be a fun season. It's good to be in red.”
Lea will be joining the Trek VW Factory Pro team alongside a trio of returning riders from 2005 – each who got their start on the Trek VW Regional team. Six time 24 hour solo world champion Chris Eatough, two-time NORBA national champion Sue Haywood and Pan-American champion Jeremiah Bishop are all very experienced riders that will keep their wealth of knowledge in the Trek stable.
“We've been watching Lea all season long,” said team director Zapata Espinoza, “and besides her obvious talent as a bike racer, we've also been very impressed with her sense of enthusiasm and spirit for racing. Originally, we envisioned Lea as a member of our Trek VW regional team, but as the season progressed she displayed the talent and maturity we expect from our factory team riders. Another good indicator that Lea was ready to make the jump to the factory team was that she has spent her formative years under the guidance of long-time junior development coach John Kemp and he's one of the best coaches in the sport.”
Look for more news coming from the Trek VW team about additional sponsors and our 2006 event and equipment roster soon.